As you may already know, I’m currently in South Africa where I just got back from the bush in Pilanesberg National Park. Instead of giving you my typical “safari destinations tips”, I thought I’d do it a little differently this time. That is to say, expect to see lots of pictures rather than the usual “blabla” words.
Although this time of the year (December) is summer time in the country, the season is associated with high rainfall. Rain is great for nature, crops and wildlife in general…however, it is not necessarily ideal when it comes to game viewing.
The high water availability means that the animals tend to spread out throughout the park, making it somewhat even more challenging to see them. I love to play hide and seek, but I must admit it was quite a dare this time around. At some point, it almost seemed as if all the animals had vanished. Can anyone tell me where all the elephants have gone? Cause I’d really like to know…
Enjoy your “virtual” safari!
Time for a mid-day snack at the park’s restaurant!
Afternoon Game Drive
Then, not much…where have you guys all gone?
In Southern Africa, most animal species give birth to their young during the rainy season. It was such a delight to see so many youngsters wandering about!
Just for Fun!
A couple of pictures of the hotel I stayed in: Manyane Resort!
- Relatively affordable (+/- R1400 for a double room chalet).
- Decent accommodation.
- Only two minutes away from the Manyane entrance gate.
- Not a bush lodge: in other words, the facilities are outside the park. Game is present nevertheless, and the hotel is visited on a daily basis by wildife. Impalas are plentiful, and I also bumped into warthogs and kudu on a couple of occasions.
- The cooking is ok, but could definitely be improved upon.
Very beautiful hotel, great food and a stunning view overlooking a waterhole and the Pilanesberg valley below. Expect to pay at least R2400 for a single (per room, per night), and R3400 for a double.